It’s your last weekend to enjoy the rite of autumn known as the State Fair of Texas. There are lots of other great, DARTable happenings, too. You can watch top chefs fight it out for glory and cash. You can visit your old relatives – as in, 1.97 million years old – at one of our region’s coolest museums. You can see a midnight movie at 7 p.m. And however you spend your weekend, you can count on DART to get you there and spare you the cost and hassle of parking. Read on to check out your options.
Friday, Oct. 18
World Food Championships are happening all weekend long, so you foodies can catch some culinary competition in real life, instead of just binge-watching it on TV. This isn’t back-burner stuff, either: There are 10 categories, complete with rounds and finals, and one contest comes with a $350, 000 prize. That’s a lot of clams to steam! You can also enjoy plentiful grazing, progressive wine pairings, plus lots more. This being the event’s first foray into Texas (previously it was held in a smaller state), special attention will be given to barbecue. The cookin’ goes down at Reunion Park, at the base of the postcard-friendly tower. EBJ Union Station – on the Red and Blue line – has a pedestrian tunnel leading from the platform to the event. The station is also served by the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), which runs on Sunday, since the State Fair is still going on.
Saturday, Oct. 19
State Fair Showdown is a competition that’s a little bit rougher than braising, roasting or plating. Still, the competition will be searing when the Southern University Jaguars and the Texas Southern University Tigers square off at the Cotton Bowl for the one sport Texans love more than barbecue – football! Kickoff is at 2 p.m. It also happens to be the last weekend of the fair, y’all. So take the Green Line to Fair Park Station. Come for the pigskin action, stay for the pig races. Plus Midway fun, corny dogs, and all those things that come around only once a year.
Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind is the latest of the Perot Museum’s always-awesome exhibits, and it opens today. See fossils of two recently discovered ancient human relatives that were the biggest news in the paleontology world since “Lucy.” The team that unearthed the fossils in South Africa included the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s own Becca Peixotto. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and the National Geographic Society. Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal. Get there by taking any DART Rail line to Akard Station and walking a few blocks north. The exhibit runs through March 22.
Addison After Dark is an evening of live music, food trucks and movies at Addison Circle Park. Every third Saturday has a special theme. This month’s motif – “Let’s Do the Time Warp” – requires no introduction to most Gen Xers. For those unfamiliar: Brad and Janet are lost after suffering a flat tire. When they stop for help at the nearest castle, they encounter a cast of characters straight out of Transylvania who have some peculiar, uh, tastes. It’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult classic from the ’70s that took audience participation to a new level. For those familiar: Get out that Frank N. Furter get-up, warm up your singing voice, and bring plenty of rice. The film screens at 7 p.m. A dance party and costume contest will follow. Get to the (R-rated) entertainment by taking one of many buses to Addison Transit Center.
Sunday, Oct. 20
NF comes rapping into Irving tonight in supporting of his fourth album, The Search. In addition to his new material, expect to hear giant hits like “Let You Down.” The Christian rap artist brings Kyd the Band along with him to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. The venue is about a 10-minute walk from the Orange Line’s Irving Convention Center Station.